A Massachusetts man has been indicted 10 months after a Massachusetts couple was struck on a motorcycle killing one and seriously injuring another.
According to the Portsmouth Herald, 76-year-old Dennis Martin of Sailsbury, MA was indicted this week in Rockingham Superior Court on two counts of Class B felony negligent homicide and two misdemeanor counts of vehicular assault.
On Saturday, November 5, just after 2:00 p.m., the Seabrook NH Police Department responded to a crash with reported injury involving a vehicle and a motorcycle in the area of 319 Route 107.
According to New Hampshire State Police, upon arrival, it was determined that a 2010 Toyota Corolla was travelling north on Route 107 and attempting to make a left hand turn into the Brook Casino when it collided with a 2019 Harley Davidson motorcycle travelling south on Route 107. The operator of the motorcycle, Jeff Zajac of Saugus, was pronounced deceased on scene. The passenger on the motorcycle, Jessie Edom-Zajac, suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. The occupants of the Toyota Corolla were uninjured.
Zajac and Edom-Zajac were on their way to put down their final deposit on a wedding when the accident took place. They planned on announcing at the ceremony that they had secretly eloped before the wedding.
The Herald states that the indictments say that Martin “cut off” Zajac’s motorcycle as he was “imminently” approaching the intersection.
Speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash, according to New Hampshire State Police.
An obituary for Zajac states that he was an Army veteran. “He was a surrogate uncle to so many of his friends’ children. He loved his motorcycle and loved riding. He was always very cautious and instructed many riders to always do the same.”
Martin is scheduled to be arraigned in Brentwood on October 20.